Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge explores a route that has not been raced in the event’s previous 3 years. Each year, race organizers look for a stand out major climb and mountain challenge. Previous years included Bachelor Gulch and the dirt road up Cottonwood Pass. This year is a double pass climb that includes McClure Pass at 8,763 feet and the dirt roads up Kehbler Pass at 9,980 feet.
The stage begins with a fast downhill down Highway 82 from Aspen to Carbondale, losing over 1,700 feet over 29 miles. After crossing the sprint line in Carbondale a gradual climb begins on Highway 133, covering 24 miles to the crest of McClure Pass and the first King of the Mountain. The course has a steep 13 mile downhill before entering the dirt road (county road 12) climb to Kebler Pass. After the second King of the Mountain on Kebler, the racers will experience a 1,072 foot decent to Crested Butte follow by a short finish line climb at the ski area.
Start Time: 10:10am
Approx End time: 3:45pm
Start/Finish Line – Main St, Aspen
One sprints; Two King of the mountain
Suggested View Points:
Aspen Town: - Corners at Mill/Bleeker/Main ;
Carbondale – Sprint line
McClure pass – last mile approach to the King of the Mountain finish line
Kebler Pass - last mile approach to the King of the Mountain finish line
*Road Closures –Aspen, Carbondale on Highway 82 will have travel restrictions. Travel on Highway 133 toward Redstone will have travel restrications. Further details can be seen posted on the Colorado Department of Transportation, Pro Challenge web page.